One hundred editions of PitStop Press are officially a thing of the past. Today, in celebration of making it this far, we're going to hunt through some theories and ideas as to how to stick with it when the going gets tough and why success tastes sweeter when you worked for it.
Trust us. We’ve been there. There’s nothing worse than putting all of your might and energy into something, only for it to falter. The key here is getting back up that final time right before things click into place. The second key is realizing that not everything will click in at the exact same moment.
Life comes in waves, much like success. If we accept and embrace the chapters, ebbs & flows of situations, then we can be as easy breezy as possible. It’s once we start attempting to control accompanied with high expectations, that things start to go awry. In today’s world, there are simply too many uncontrollable factors, we’re dealing with a navigating a new age.
Everyday Power fills us in “A talent truly is a gift. It gives you a head start, but if you stop to smell the roses you will get beat to the finish line…you must keep churning. Simply look at successful people in the worlds of sports, art, or entertainment; they don’t sit on their laurels. Instead, they are constantly honing their talent/craft and working to stay relevant in their field. For all their accomplishments and accolades, I think Michael Jordan (NBA Hall-of fame basketball player) and Tom Brady (NFL top player) are good examples of the importance of continuing to work hard even if you are gifted with special talents and natural abilities.”
So, what comes after all that hard work? Patience. And after the patience? More hard work. Patience truly is a virtue and one of those things that is a complete must. You can be the hardest working person out there, but if you don’t let all of your efforts stew and simmer, you’ll be coming up short.
“McDonald’s recently struggled with “the patience effect” after introducing a cooked-to-order Quarter Pounder made with fresh beef, which takes one minute longer to cook than a frozen patty. Initially, drive-thru customers were irate about their unexpected delay in gratification. Because customers in test markets didn’t know they were guinea pigs for the new fresh beef patties, the extra 60-second wait time at a fast-food restaurant was unexpected and patience quickly wore thin.” reported Psychology Today.
In that case, it’s amazing that a 60-second difference could change a person’s entire experience. Imagine this on a grand scale. This is why it’s crucial to recognize and expect that delays will occur, detours are certain and sometimes going backwards is the only option. Let the lessons provide you with more depth. Your future self is smiling down on you.